un·planned | \ ˌən-ˈpland \

Definition of unplanned 

: not expected or intended : not planned an unplanned detour an unplanned pregnancy

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Mormino said the incident was more of an unplanned landing than a crash, although at first it was reported to police as a crash. Kathleen Megan, courant.com, "Small Plane Has Unplanned Landing At Pratt & Whitney," 16 June 2018 Still, covering for holidays or unplanned sick days can be difficult. Elizabeth Chmurak, NBC News, "The rising cost of child care is being felt all across the country," 8 Mar. 2018 For decades, though, the rate of unintended pregnancies was virtually unchanged, hovering around 50 percent (meaning about half of all pregnancies were unplanned). Kayla Webley Adler, Marie Claire, "The IUD Vs. The World," 28 June 2018 According to a 2015 report by Act for Youth Center of Excellence, multiple studies show LGBT youth are more likely to have an unplanned pregnancy or be involved in one than their heterosexual peers. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Arizona groups offer health, housing help to LGBT youth," 14 July 2018 In an interview with Govorit Moskva, a Moscow radio station, on Wednesday, Tamara Pletnyova recommended that her fellow countrywomen avoid casual flings, citing a concern of unplanned pregnancies. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "Russian lawmaker advises women to avoid sex with foreign men during World Cup," 14 June 2018 The unplanned marching has been peaceful and there have been no reports of arrests. Daniel Wilson And Cassie Dickman, sacbee, "Thousands march in downtown Sacramento against Trump’s anti-immigration policies," 30 June 2018 That honor went to Japan’s first Hayabusa spacecraft, which in 2010 returned to Earth with a tiny sample from the asteroid Itokawa after an unplanned crash on its surface. Jeremy Hsu, Scientific American, "Japan’s Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Nears Its Target, the Asteroid Ryugu," 26 June 2018 The unplanned demonstration came a day after protests forced two major shopping centers for mobile phones and electronics to close in Tehran and after demonstrators earlier closed its Grand Bazaar. Jon Gambrell, The Seattle Times, "Videos: Iran protesters confront police at parliament," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of unplanned

1775, in the meaning defined above

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